The now-viral clip was initially shared by Dr Michael Narvey, a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba in Canada, who said: "I thought I had seen it all [until] a 33-year-old woman comes in with a 14-day history of menstrual bleeding and 49 days since her last menstrual period."
Dr Narvey continued, "What they find in the liver is this: a baby. She had an ectopic pregnancy in her liver. We see these sometimes in the abdomen but never in the liver. This is a first for me."
The video quickly racked up over 5.6 million views, with plenty of confused TikTokers taking to the comments section to find out more about the strange scenario. "How does a fertilised egg make it to the liver?" asked one TikTok user, with another adding "How did this happen? How did it get there?"
According to the NHS, around one in every 90 pregnancies in the UK are ectopic, totalling around 11,000 pregnancies a year. "An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside of the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes," the NHS explains. "The fallopian tubes are the tubes connecting the ovaries to the womb. If an egg gets stuck in them, it won't develop into a baby and your health may be at risk if the pregnancy continues. Unfortunately, it's not possible to save the pregnancy. It usually has to be removed using medicine or an operation."
With the video attracting so much attention, another doctor on the social platform waded in, pointing out a similar case that he had come across. Speaking to his 235.9 million followers, Dr Karan Raj said: "This is one of the scariest CT scans I've ever seen – a 27-year-old woman with a healthy 23 week fetus in the right lobe of the liver."
Describing the case as a hepatic ectopic pregnancy, Dr Raj explains these are "so rare there are only handful of cases documented in the literature." As for what can happen if left untreated, the doctor pointed out that the "liver is a highly vascular structure so any compressive force placed on it could result in massive internal bleeding."
If you're looking for support or more information about ectopic pregnancies, premature births, stillbirths or miscarriage, Tommy's have a free helpline 0800 0147 800 (open 9-5, Monday to Friday). There's also a Facebook group.
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